A month full of birthdays, a month full of names!
From Elvis to Oprah – see what Celebrities were born in the month of January!
January 1st – Meryl Davis
Meryl Elizabeth Davis – Olympic Ice Dancer, born in the United States on January 1, 1987.
Meryl is a variant of the Celtic name Muriel, meaning “of the sea”. Legendary actress Meryl Streep (born Mary Louise) also shares this name.
January 2nd – Taye Diggs
Scott Leo Diggs “Taye” – Actor, born in the United States on January 2, 1971.
Digg’s nickname “Scotty” playfully evolved to “Scott-tay”, and was eventually shortened by friends to “Taye”, which stuck. Scott is a crisp, English name, meaning “from Scotland”.
January 3rd – J.R.R. Tolkien
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien – Author, born in England on January 3, 1892.
One name to rule them all? Tolkien definitely used some beautiful and memorable names in his works. His own name, John, is quite familiar. John is a classic Hebrew name, meaning “God is gracious”.
January 4th – Dot Jones
Dorothy-Marie Jones “Dot” – Actor, born in the United States on January 4, 1964.
The name Dorothy always makes me think of the gorgeous Judy Garland trying to make her way home from Oz. Dorothy stems from the Greek name, Dorothea, meaning “gift of God”. Currently #808 in the U.S., Dorothy has actually risen 123 spots in the past 2 years!
January 5th – Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone – Actor and Model, born in India on January 5, 1986.
Deepika is a Hindi name, pronounced dee-pi-ka. Unisex, though more commonly given to girls, Deepika means “little light”.
January 6th – Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson – Actor, born in England on January 6, 1955.
A name ahead of the trend, I predict we’ll see more little Rowan’s and Sebastian’s in the years to come. Rowan is an Irish and Scottish unisex name, meaning “little redhead”.
January 7th – Katie Couric
Katherine Anne Couric “Katie” – Journalist born in the United States on January 7, 1957.
The 1950’s brought many Katie’s and Kathy’s into the world. Katherine is a classic name, Greek in origin, meaning “pure”. I love many international variations of Katherine.
January 8th – Elvis Presley
Elvis Aaron Presley – Singer, born in the United States on January 8, 1935.
A memorable name fitting for the iconic performer. The meaning of the name Elvis is unknown, possibly coming from the Norse name”Alvis”. I’ve noticed the name Presley pop up quite a bit recently on name forums and blogs.
January 9th – Nina Dobrev
Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva – Actress, born in Bulgaria on January 9, 1989.
What a name! Nikolina is such a cool alternative or way to honor a Nicole. Most popular in Croatia, Nikolina is a form of Nicholas, and definitely worthy of a Princess!
January 10th – Rod Stewart
Roderick David Stewart – Singer-Songwriter, born in England on January 10, 1945.
Rod has a cool, rockstar sound. I’d love to see the name Roderick used more. A German name, meaning “famous ruler”, less than 200 boys were given the name Roderick last year in the U.S.
January 11th – Cody Simpson
Cody Robert Simpson – Singer, born in Australia on January 11, 1997.
Cody is an English name that may mean “pillow” or “helpful”. I think the next generation of Cody’s will actually be Dakota or Takoda’s using Cody as a nickname.
January 12th – Jack London
John Griffith Chaney – Writer, born in the United States on January 12, 1876.
Griffith sure makes for a cool middle name! Jack began as a nickname for John, meaning “God is gracious”. Jack works on it’s own as a given name, and is quite popular at #40 in the U.S.
January 13th – Orlando Bloom
Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom – Actor, born in England on January 13, 1977.
It probably doesn’t surprise you that I love the surname Bloom! Perfect for a flower lover! Orlando is an Italian variation of the name Roland, meaning “famous throughout the land”.
January 14th – Frankie Sandford
Francesca Sandford “Frankie” – Singer, born in England on January 14, 1989.
An Italian and romantic form of Frances, Francesca means, “from France, or free man”. I always thought Francesca had a grand, regal sound. Nicknames like Frankie, Francie, or Franny give this name a spunky edge.
January 15th – Dove Cameron
Chloe Celeste Hosterman – name changed to Dove Olivia Cameron – Actor, born in the United States on January 15, 1996.
I’m always curious about actors who use stage names and how their name was selected. Dove is definitely a sweet and memorable name often associated with peace.
January 16th – Aaliyah
Aaliyah Dana Haughton – Singer, born in the United States on January 16, 1979.
Aaliyah is a spelling variation of an Arabic name, meaning “highborn”. At #36 in the U.S. this name is always more popular than I expect it to be.
January 17th – Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Claire Deschanel – Actor, born in the United States on January 17, 1980.
Zooey was named after a male character in J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey. Zoey or Zoe is a popular Greek name, meaning “life”.
January 18th – Cary Grant
Archibald Alexander Leach – stage name Cary Grant – Actor, born in the United States January 18, 1904.
I love the names Cary and Grant. Archibald is a name that has dwindled in popularity since Grant’s birth. I see many name nerds mentioning this grand Teutonic name. Archibald means “truly brave”, such a wonderful meaning!
January 19th – Dolly Parton
Dolly Rebecca Parton – Singer-Songwriter, born in the United States on January 19, 1946.
The perfect name for this distinctive musician. Dolly is a diminutive of the name Dorothy, meaning “gift of God”. Rebecca Romijn is such a fan of Parton that she named one of her twin girls Dolly Rebecca Rose. I have to mention that Romijn’s other daughter is Charlie Tamara Tulip, because not only are twin names fascinating, but the use of Tulip excites me!
January 20th – Bonnie McKee
Bonnie Leigh McKee – Singer, born in the United States on January 20, 1984.
Bonnie is a sweet little Scottish name, meaning “beautiful”. I’d love to see the name Bonnie comeback into fashion. Bonnie would fit right in with sweet vintage girls names that have been climbing the charts.
January 21st – Toby McDonough
Toby McDonough – Singer, born in the United States on January 21, 1998.
Toby is a diminutive of the name Tobias, meaning “God is good”. I love the idea of Toby as a nickname for Tobin. It could also work as a nickname for Tobiah.
January 22nd – Piper Laurie
Rosetta Jacobs – stage name Piper Laurie – Actor, born in the United States on January 22, 1932.
I don’t know what’s more interesting, the name Rosetta, or seeing Piper on a woman in 80’s! Rosetta is a rarley used Persian name meaning “splendid”. It’s also used as a nickname for Rosa. Piper is a rising occupational name meaning “pipe or flute player”.
January 23rd – Mariska Hargitay
Mariska Magdolna Hargitay – Actor, born in the United States on January 23, 1964.
A beautiful actress with a very cool name! Mariska is a Hungarian name that comes from Maris. I love the meaning of Mariska, “of the sea”.
January 24th – Neil Diamond
Neil Leslie Diamond – Singer-songwriter, born in the United States on January 24, 1941.
Neil is an Irish name, meaning “cloud”. There are many notable men with the name Neil, a few of which include Neil Young, Neil Armstrong, and Neil Patrick Harris.
January 25th – Calum Hood
Calum Thomas Hood – Singer, born in Australia on January 25, 1996.
Calum, more commonly spelled Callum in the U.S., is a great Scottish name, meaning “dove”. A great, underused name that lends itself to the nickname “Cal”.
January 26th – Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen Lee DeGeneres – Comedian, born in the United States on January 26, 1958.
An English variation of Helen, Ellen has the lovely meaning “bright, shinning one”. Now that a generation of Ellen’s are becoming grandmother’s, I could definitely see this name rise again in popularity. It also lends it’s to the popular nickname, “Ellie”.
January 27th – Mozart
Baptized Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart – Mozart went by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Composer, born in what is now known as Austria, on January 27, 1756.
So many fascinating names to pour over! Wolfgang is one of my favorite guilty pleasure names (usable, but too brave for me to personally use). Wolfgang is a powerful German name, meaning “traveling wolf”.
January 28th – Elijah Wood
Elijah Jordan Wood – Actor, born in the United States on January 28, 1981.
At #11 in popularity, Elijah is definitely a popular name right now in the U.S. Hebrew meaning “Jehovah increases”, I definitely see the appeal of this vowel-rich Biblical name. A similar name that’s on my favorites list is Elias.
January 29th – Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Gail Winfrey – Actor, Author, Host, born in the United States on January 29, 1954.
Oprah was actually named for the Biblical character “Orpah”, but her name was misspelled on her birth certificate and the mistake stuck. Orpah is a Hebrew name, meaning “fawn”. It’s hard to imagine Oprah with any other name.
January 30th – Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave – Actor, born in England on January 30, 1937.
Still quite readily used, Vanessa is currently #150 in popularity in the U.S. Vanessa is a literary name created by author Jonathan Swift. I love that Vanessa is also the name of a species of butterfly.
January 31st – Nolan Ryan
Lynn Nolan Ryan Jr. “Nolan” – Major League Baseball player, born in the United States on January 31, 1947.
Nolan is a cool Irish name, meaning “champion”. Great meaning for an athlete! Nolan is currently on the rise in the U.S. and could work as an alternative to the more popular name, Noah.
Happy Birthday January Babies!